Worth the drive

Worth the drive

THE YELLING Yes, there’s a fair amount of strain on the vocal chords here. There’s also liberal use of Bonham-style kick-drumming and searing guitar work. Formed by Nathanial Cox and Robert Davis, remnants of Revis who disbanded after releasing a record on Epic, the Yelling sound like an apologetic for the return of rock. They’ve done their blues homework, grown out their ‘fros and seemingly harnessed the forces of nature to unleash a sonic fury comparable to a thunderstorm over a volcano during an earthquake. Sort of like a less blatantly derivative Wolfmother.  

Saturday, Jan. 3, at SOhO. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara. 962-7776, www.myspace.com/theyelling.

Worth the drive

Worth the drive

ROBY DURON BAND Ubiquitous in So Cal and, for a time, ever-present on public access Channel 6, Roby Duron dishes out timeless, straight-ahead rock music that for reasons unknown to pretty much everyone, never gets tiresome. It’s no wonder he recently won the Rock City News award for “Best Blues Guitar Player 2008.” His unpretentious yet remarkably charismatic stage presence along with some shredding guitar work and a basic beer-soaked, roadhouse blues rock set, makes for dependable entertainment at a time when not much else is.

Sunday, Dec. 28, Sagebrush Cantina. 23257 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. (818) 222-6062, www.crankingravy.com.

Worth the drive

Worth the drive

BLUE TURTLE SEDUCTION All the way from South Lake Tahoe, Blue Turtle Seduction brings its pine scented happiness to Santa Barbara for one night. They’ve been described as jam-newgrass, gypsy rock and Duran Duran meets the String Cheese Incident meets the Clash. But, they’d prefer you to notice their silly yet meaningful lyrics and joyful melodies.

Find a designated driver and plan on getting blissed.

Thursday, Dec. 18. 9 p.m. at SoHo. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara. 962-7776. www.blueturtlemusic.com.

Worth the drive

Worth the drive

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY This is a group that really needs no introduction, but for the purposes of filling space we’ll give it a go. One of the pioneering bands of the mid-’90s neo-swing movement, BBVD is arguably as responsible for putting Ventura on the map as Kevin Costner. Founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren as a departure from their punk rock roots, BBVD traded leather gear for zoot suits and  hit the streets running. Their modernized expression of American swing music found an audience in practically everyone, and after a brief reign over Ventura’s music scene they moved on to take over the world. Things have settled down a bit since then — they all have kids and houses — but catching a live performance of Ventura’s claim to fame is just as fun as ever.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Arlington Theater. 1317 State St., Santa Barbara. 963-4408, www.thearlingtontheatre.com


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